The West Point Writing Program
In their final semesters, Cadets increasingly take up more sophisticated writing challenges, in their chosen majors as well as in courses that especially prepare them for officership. Firsties often undertake Grand Challenges and other culminating experiences, many of which foreground collaborative authorship as well as multimodal composition (such as performing digital or graphical design and oral presentations). Many Cadets construct theses and capstone projects for their majors that also represent significant writing achievements; often such projects unfold in academic courses that fulfill the WiM requirement. Other departments identify courses earlier in the major as 'WiM' while nonetheless also fostering environments where Cadets are called upon to produce exceptional writing as they near graduation.
In addition to its support of these culminating efforts, the Writing Program specifically designates two firstie core courses as "WiP" (LW403: Constitutional and Military Law, MX400: Officership). Like WiC courses, these courses selectively implement the Writing Program's Pedagogical Model to ensure that Cadets are prepared to write and communicate successfully as Army officers to all audiences and across multiple channels. Cadets are asked to consider the relevance of the writing processes and practices they have honed over four years to an increasing number of routine and special writing and thinking challenges they are likely to face as officers.
A key distinction between the SWEs that Cadets complete for WiP courses and those within all other courses linked to the Writing Program, is that failure to demonstrate writing proficiency via their SWEs may result in failure of the course. Cadets in WiP courses whose initial SWE submissions are marked non-proficient by instructors must revise their work to the instructor’s satisfaction, or they either fail the course (MX400) or risk failure (LW403). To support their revision efforts, they may enlist a full range of support resources, including the Mounger Writing Center.
The following table specifies the Curricular Standards for WiP courses (relevant to Class of 2019 onward):